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‘Maintain independence,’ Nene Pimentel tells senators

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‘SUGGESTION.’ Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr tells senators to maintain their independence and decide based on what they think is best for the people. Senate file photo

‘I would suggest to the Senate – there are 24 sovereignties in the Senate, you cannot dictate to the senators, that’s my experience – to act in accordance with their perception of what is best for the people’

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr has asked present senators to maintain their independence under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading ‘Maintain independence,’ Nene Pimentel tells senators

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

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BLEAK FUTURE. Pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson says even with President Rodrigo Duterte’s push, there will be no revival of the death penalty in the present Senate. Photo from Lacson’s official Facebook account

‘I don’t see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate,’ says pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — There is still no future for the death penalty bill in the present Senate despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s push in his second State of the Nation Address. Continue reading Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte’s ‘whimsical’ martial law request

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REQUEST TO CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte, shown here delivering a speech on July 4, 2017, wants Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017. Malacañang file photo

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President’s request to extend martial law, citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 18, 2017) — Opposition lawmakers questioned why President Rodrigo Duterte is asking Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of December. Continue reading Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte’s ‘whimsical’ martial law request

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

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DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17, 2017. Photo from the House of Representatives

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration-allied legislators with the President on Monday evening, July 17

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 17, 2017) — Two House deputy speakers said lawmakers will likely grant President Rodrigo Duterte an extension of the martial law declaration in Mindanao if he asks it from Congress. Continue reading Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

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DUTERTE ALLIES. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (left) and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) look at President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference on March 13, 2017. Malacañang file photo

The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request. This session will be on Saturday, July 22

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 17, 2017) — During his meeting with lawmakers on Monday, July 17, President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a 60-day extension of martial law still covering the entire Mindanao. He also requested that the Senate and the House of Representatives hold a special session to discuss this request. Continue reading Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

House raises P13 million for Marawi victims

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DISPLACED. Marawi City evacuees seek refuge at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol compound. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will be creating a committee to facilitate the trust fund for Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 19, 2017) — Several lawmakers pooled their money to raise P13 million to help in rehabilitation efforts for victims of the Marawi City siege. Continue reading House raises P13 million for Marawi victims

House supports Mindanao martial law, finds no need to revoke it

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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. Cabinet secretaries swear to tell the truth during their briefing with lawmakers on the Mindanao martial law. This briefing led to the drafting of House Resolution 1050 in the afternoon of May 31. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House Resolution Number 1050 in effect rejects the Makabayan bloc’s resolution calling for a joint session to revoke martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 1, 2017) — The House of Representatives expressed its “full support” to President Rodrigo Duterte for declaring martial law in Mindanao, finding no reason to revoke the 60-day proclamation. Continue reading House supports Mindanao martial law, finds no need to revoke it

15 senators say Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao ‘satisfactory’

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SUPPORT. Fifteen senators back President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Malacañang

The Senate finds it to be ‘satisfactory, constitutional, and in accordance with the law…and finds no compelling reason to revoke the same,’ says Senate Resolution 388

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — Fifteen of the 23 senators signed a Senate resolution formally expressing support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading 15 senators say Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao ‘satisfactory’

House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

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NEVER AGAIN. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, Emmi de Jesus, and Sarah Elago face the media after filing their resolution against martial law on May 30, 2017. Photo from Makabayan bloc

The Makabayan lawmakers argue the President’s report to Congress on martial law in Mindanao reveals ‘exaggeration or falsity of the alleged events’

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — Lawmakers forming the House Makabayan bloc filed a resolution calling for a joint congressional session to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law

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JOINT SESSION. At least 12 of the 23 senators favor holding a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

At least 12 of the 23 senators favor a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — At least 12 of the country’s 23 senators want a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading 12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law